What is a Clinical Dietician?
Bassett Healthcare Network’s clinical dietitians are based in the Cancer Treatment Center (CTC), and focus primarily on helping these patients manage digestive symptoms associated with cancer treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Our clinical dieticians also consult with patients regarding hematology concerns. This may include anemia caused by prior gastric bypass surgery, or irritable bowel disorders, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, to ensure they are eating enough iron-rich foods.
Maintaining Weight & Nutrition
Our goal is to work with each of our patients to identify any digestive symptoms they may be experiencing, help them learn how to maintain weight during and after treatment, and help improve their overall health with proper nutrition.
We meet with patients beginning chemotherapy to ensure that their dietary needs are fully integrated into their current and future treatment plans.
If patients are having trouble eating or are concerned about their current eating habits, we can sit with them and help create a nutrition plan.
Related Cancers & Symptoms
Our CTC registered dieticians primarily assist patients who have been diagnosed with types of cancer that may cause digestive issues, including:
- Gastrointestinal cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Small bowel cancer
We also work through complex health issues in order to help patients manage their symptoms, which may include:
- Trouble eating or swallowing
- Bowel issues
- Sensitive stomach
- Unwanted weight-loss
- Change in taste
Referrals to Cancer Support Services
When needed, we will refer patients to other cancer support services and specialists to ensure each patient receives highly individualized care. These services and specialists include nurse navigators, financial counselors, social workers, cancer support groups, and transportation services.
Contact our Clinical Dieticians
Bassett Healthcare Network’s cancer center registered dieticians help patients achieve a balanced diet and adequate nutrition throughout the cancer treatment process. Call your practitioner for a referral at 1-800-BASSETT.
Clinical dieticians assist cancer patients in Central New York, including in Cobleskill, Oneonta, Cooperstown, and Herkimer.